The theme for Refugee Week from 2012 to 2014 is Restoring Hope. Please continue to join with others in reflection & prayer for restoration of hope:
-in the lives of refugees,
-for asylum seekers [who are refugees without status]
-for political decision making bodies
-for churches who are called by God to align with the oppressed
-for community organisations, services and individuals who work to meet the needs of a growing number of people
-for the media in interpretation of stories & truths
A prayer for Asylum seekers and Refugees (from TEAR Australia)
Wise and compassionate God,
help us to bear the burdens refugees and asylum-seekers carry
and not simply seek to shift the burden onto others.
Call our leaders to justice, generosity and compassion.
Help them create and implement strategies that are fair and just
and treat refugees and asylum-seekers with dignity and care.
O God, our comforter, we ask you to comfort the broken-hearted and protect the vulnerable.
We pray for those who live in fear of detention and removal,
for those who are in detention at this time and for those who face removal to an uncertain future.
We ask you to assure them of your great love, surround them with your presence and fill them with your peace.
God bless our eyes so that we will recognise injustices.
God bless our ears so that we will hear the cry of the stranger.
God bless our mouths so that we will speak words of welcome to newcomers.
God bless our shoulders so we will be able to bear the weight of struggling for justice.
God bless our hands so that we can work together with all people to establish peace.
23.000 people are forced to flee their homes each day
81% of these live in the developing world, up from 70% 10 years ago
The number of forcibly displaced persons is now 45 million
The UN Convention protects millions of lives around the world
Of all refugee hosting countries, Australia ranks 47th for numbers accepted